Sketch book drawing of Dove in a creative pursuit
There is no getting past it, it can be very difficult to begin the creative act. It can be like trying to get an old car started on a extra cold day in a Michigan February. You sit there with the key turned, and the engine just goes Ra,Ra,Ra,Ra..... for awhile until it really kicks over and begins to warm up. It takes a measure of determination and sheer will to get the thing going.
Creating a pattern can help people get out of artist block. Making a ritual for your self, say from 10-12AM every Wednesday and Friday morning for the next two month you set aside to make paintings. You might surprise yourself with what you are able to create in those two months. Ritual is a big one for me because I have found it works. For example, pretty much every day from 6-7AM I am working with music in some capacity. Everyday that time comes around and that is what I do and after awhile the new songs begin to pile up. There may be times later in the day I pick up my guitar but that time slot in the morning is a non-negotiable.
It would be interesting to hear ways you have found that help you keep moving along in your creative journey.